Today I bring you Cappuccino Chocolate Cookies, perfect for a rainy day. I have been reading the Hannah Swensen Book Series by Joanne Fluke, in each book Joanne includes several recipes for desserts as well as a few main courses. I have been wanting to try a recipe but had not had the chance until two weeks ago. A friend of ours had a family emergency so I offered to bring over Dinner and some dessert for the whole family.
This recipe makes somewhere in between 8 to 10 dozen cookies, if that is to much to eat at once feel free to freeze the extras 🙂 The recipe calls for espresso powder, I used Greek Nescafe Classic, next time I think I will try Coffee Extract.I did make a few changes to recipe to accommodate my taste. I absolutely love this recipe, I know I will continue making it for years to come! Enjoy 🙂
4 sticks, (one pound) unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup espresso powder
1 TBL 1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups white granulated sugar
3 eggs, beat in measuring cup
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3 cups milk chocolate chips (A bag plus half a bag of chips)
5 1/2 cups all purpose flour, measured with the scoop and level method
Mix into melted butter the espresso powder and vanilla extract, continue mixing until espresso powder is dissolved. Add in the sugar, eggs, baking powder, and baking soda, mix well. Add in the flour one cup at a time mixing until evenly distributed, continue until all flour has been added in. Mix in chocolate chips using a spatula. Using a medium cookie scoop, drop unto parchment lined cookie sheet, 12 to standard sheet pan. Flatten each cookie with a two inch flat surface (I used a small ramekin bottom). Place cookie sheets into a preheated 375 degree oven for 9-11 minutes. After they come out of the oven leave on pan for two minutes then transfer to cooling rack.
Today I bring you my Dad’s Chocolate Trifle. I remember when I was little my mom and I would make this for Father’s Day. This dessert is perfect and quick! This year I did not put any candy in the trifle but typically we use crushed Heath Bars in between the layers. I used a box brownie mix but you could also make homemade. I use Cool Whip since it is stabilized, I suppose you could make homemade whipped cream but I am not sure how it would hold up for a few days in the fridge.
1 boxed brownie mix, made and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 container Cool Whip
1 box chocolate pudding, prepared according to package
1 trifle bowl or small punch bowl
Optional: Crushed Candy
Layer in brownie pieces, make sure to cover bottom of bowl. Next layer in pudding. After that if you choose layer in crushed candy. Next layer in Cool Whip. Repeat layers. I did two complete layers then crumbled bownie on top of the last layer of Cool Whip. Can be made up to a day in advance. Enjoy!
I made this cake yesterday in between watching the news and weather for updates on the Gridlock and Snow that we have been inundated with over the past 24 hours. As I am writing this post I am watching the Governor of Georgia give an update on the State of Emergency. In my county there were 450 children stuck at school overnight and hundreds of thousands stuck on the roads for upwards of 24 hours. Please say a prayer for all of those who are still stuck in school and on the roads.
Ok enough of that onto the recipe for Valentine’s Day, since it is coming up in a few short weeks I thought I would get a jump on dessert. I used a recipe from my Great Grandma’s Cookbook, with a few tweaks of my own. This cake is wonderful if you want a light cake that is not super sweet! One tip for separating the egg yolks from the whites is to let the eggs come to room temp before separating, this will also help the egg whites whip.
The Finished cake
3/4 cup strong coffee
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 3/4 cups cake flour
1 3/4 cups sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup cooking oil
8 unbeaten egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla
8 egg whites
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
Whisk together the cocoa and coffee, let cool. Sift or using pastry cutter mix together flour and sugar making sure there are no lumps. Add in baking powder and salt, mix together. Make a well and add in order: oil, egg yolks, cooled cocoa mixture, and vanilla, beat until smooth. I used my hand mixer for the batter portion of the cake. Place egg whites and cream of tartar in a large bowl, using a stand mixer whip egg whites until very stiff peaks form. The egg whites should be stiffer than for meringue. Do not underbeat! Gradually pour egg yolk mixture over whipped egg whites, gently fold with spatula until just mixed. Do not Stir! Pour into a greased 4 in deep bundt pan. Cook in a preheated oven at 325 for 55 minutes, then up the oven temp to 350 for 10-15 minutes. Cake is done when top springs back when lightly touched. Immediately turn pan upside down unto cooling rack.
Mocha Chantilly Cream
1 cup heavy cream
3 TBS powdered sugar
1 TBS powdered cocoa
1 TBS Cooled Strong Coffee
In a chilled bowl with a chilled whisk, whisk on high cream and coffee. When the cream begins to hold its shape add in the cocoa and powdered sugar. Continue to whip until it is stiff. When ready to serve cake dollop the chantilly cream on top. Enjoy!
At the T Family Home it is starting to look a lot like Christmas!
At the T household Christmas is our favorite time of the year, the most Wonderful time of year! It holds a special meaning for our family, it is our Christ’s Birthday. All of the sparkle, the warmth, spending time together as a family and the traditions. Baking and Cooking to be done, so much to look forward to!
This is the earliest we have ever decorated but we figured since we will be traveling so much we want to be able to enjoy it for as long as possible!
We started the weekend out with a new tradition, Eggnog French toast, made by Dad.
Yesterday we decorated the Family Room.
Another tradition in our family is Eggnog and Chocolate covered pretzels
For the first time Dad and I did the Christmas Village together, it was so nice to be able to do something creative together.
Of course Arianna had to get in on the fun.
I just love our smaller Nativity it is from my great Grandparents, such a Godly couple! I can remember the Nativity from my childhood, I can not wait to share it with my children!